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Attitude Adjustment
9 months ago

Attitude Adjustment

By  •  Creativity

The most disgruntled employees can sometimes be the best at creatively solving workplace problems — provided they have managers who value innovation and who give them the freedom to defy standard operating procedures.

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My Brilliant Career
9 months ago

My Brilliant Career

By  •  Hiring

For years, conventional wisdom – and academic literature – has warned against hiring overqualified workers. An important new study by Rice Business professor Jing Zhou reveals just the opposite: if you want a proactive, visionary company citizen, find someone who’s too good for the job.

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Meetings Of The Bored
12 months ago

Meetings Of The Bored

By  •  Workplace Creativity

Rice Business professors Tony Gorry and Robert A. Westbrook consider boredom. They conclude that we are paying too much to quell our fear of boredom, too readily yielding our refuges to the rush of the now. We should protect segments of time, the argue, putting smartphones and tablets aside, leaving our desktop computers. Just sitting, walking, gardening, talking with friends: these are but a few ways to enter our own personal wilderness.

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Seat Of Power
2 years ago

Seat Of Power

By  •  Workplace

It’s a paradox. When clients give autonomy to service workers, the workers get more creative and perform better. Managers can help this happy dynamic, Professor Jing Zhou says, by being less controlling of their employees – and by gently urging clients to respect the workers’ judgment.

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